Living and Learning Villages
Live, Learn, and Achieve - Is a Village right for you?
They say it "takes a village to raise a child," but at University Housing we like to say it takes a Village to get the most out of your college experience. With ten living and learning villages, you're sure to find a Village that will provide enriching experiences – both academic and social.
So what exactly is a Village? As the name suggests, our Villages are small, interest-based communities that engage students both inside and outside the classroom through partnerships with several academic departments.
Villages enhance your learning experience by supporting and integrating students' academic and personal development. A rich variety of Villages allow you, the student, to engage in active and collaborative learning with peers, faculty, and staff. Formal and informal interactions foster a sense of community, creating an intellectually stimulating environment that sets the stage for your learning and success.
A village is a place where:
- People of diverse backgrounds and perspectives live, work, and learn together.
A village is inclusive, diverse, and accessible. Encouraging people of diverse backgrounds to interact and work together is an important way to broaden horizons and increase student learning.
- Students, faculty, and staff interact frequently, both formally and informally.
Academic programming is designed to encourage interactions among students, faculty, and staff. In addition, other aspects of Villages (dining, convenience services, fitness/recreation facilities, and social opportunities) set the stage for many kinds of informal interactions.
- Students feel supported as members of a community.
Villages provide a sense of home for students within our large, complex university. Students learn how to access support services and how to move through a variety of transitional points. Villages give students a feeling of belonging and connectedness, and prevent them from becoming isolated.
- Partnerships drive planning, implementing, learning, and teaching.
Villages will be designed, guided, and assessed by teams consisting of students, faculty, University Housing staff and other partners from within and outside of the University.
- Programs and services act as a magnet for all members of the University community.
Innovative and multi-disciplinary curricular and co-curricular programs and services attract students, faculty, and staff from across the campus.
Villages We Offer
|The Arts Village will unite students from various personal and academic backgrounds who have a passion for the arts and expose them to theater, visual arts & crafts, music and dance.|
|The EcoVillage, located in Bragaw Hall on West Campus, creates an interdisciplinary educational experience that prepares students for life-long sustainable living. Beginning fall 2013, University Housing, in partnership with the Division of Academic and Student Affairs, the College of Sciences, and the Environmental Sciences program will offer a new living and learning village for students.|
|The Engineering Village is an exciting new Living and Learning Village exclusively for first year students passionate about engineering! Through a unique collaboration between the College of Engineering and University Housing, Engineering Village provides personal, professional, and leadership development opportunities for residents.|
|The First Year College Village was created for students entering the university who are knowingly undecided about a major. A year of guided inquiry and exploration coupled with one on one sessions with their academic adviser helps move students through the career planning and decision making process.|
|Global Village is a living and learning community catered to those interested in living and interacting with people from differing backgrounds, experiences, countries, and viewpoints.|
|The Impact Leadership Village provides experiential learning for students who have a passion for leadership and service. Students will be given the opportunity to engage in practical application of leadership to real world issues and explore their leadership development through one on one exploration sessions with professionals. ILV is committed to enhancing students’ college experience in order to prepare leaders to make their personal IMPACT on the state, nation and world.|
|The SAY Village is a community for 1st-year students in any academic discipline who have a passion for working with youth. Students develop one-on-one mentoring relationships with local elementary school students and learn what it means to be a youth "advocate".|
|The S.T.A.T.E. Village provides second year and transfer students with opportunities to make the most of their NC State experience by focusing on the six core pillars essential to student success: Academic Success, Career Development, Community and Global Engagement, Diversity, Leadership, and Life Skills.|
|The University Honors Village provides a unique living-learning environment for students in the University Honors Program (UHP) that will help participants apply class experiences. Academic engagement and research opportunities are core to the mission of the University Honors Program and student experience in the Honors Village assists students in completing UHP requirements.|
|The University Scholars Village, a collaborative effort between the University Scholars Program and University Housing, is one of the most important components of the University Scholars Program. Life in the Village centers around a wide range of social, cultural and educational activities, all designed to help University Scholars to become informed citizens, ethical leaders and active contributors to our campus and community.|
|The Women in Science & Engineering (WISE) Village is a living and learning community created for freshman and sophomore women engineers, mathematicians, statisticians and scientists.|
|The Women of Welch (WOW) Program was created to enhance women's leadership outside the classroom through empowerment, leadership development, self-awareness, and diversity/social justice. The WOW Program strives to create a holistic community that fosters individual women's growth and development while challenging residents to act as citizens of a global community. The WOW Village is located in the first and second floors of Welch Hall in East Campus.|
|The Wood Wellness Village was created to provide an environment that encourages and promotes the development and maintenance of a healthy body, mind, and spirit through a wide ranging array of Wellness programs and events. Students will be given the opportunity to experience personal growth while learning about the seven dimensions of wellness: physical, social, occupational, intellectual, emotional, environmental, and spiritual.|
Task Force on Living and Learning
The Task Force on Living and Learning at NC State was created to make recommendations and periodically review the Living and Learning partnerships that University Housing has established. In May 2007, The Task Force presented its 5-year review along with individual reports relating to specific Living and Learning Villages.